to the 11th January.https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcone
When I saw that ‘about 50 200’ this morning, I thought two things.
First, there were 160 000 staff in Scotland in September 2021 and more than 50 000 of them were off in one week? The average 12 year-old pupil has been taught to recognise the implausible and go back to the numbers again.
Second, why ‘about?’ Surely the official figures will be precise?
The website has more but not better:
Covid-related absences in the NHS are at their highest levels since April 2020, the month after the first virus case was confirmed in Scotland.
Official figures show about 50,200 NHS staff were off work in the week to 11 January.
The record absence level remains the first week of April 2020, when more than 65,000 NHS staff were absent.
The numbers have soared due to the rapid transmission of the Omicron variant and the strict isolation rules.
Combined with rising numbers of Covid patients, it has led to increased pressures on health and social care services in Scotland.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59988292
The official data is easily accessed, though you do have top scroll down to get the weekly data:
Wait, what about the ‘about 50 200?’ Like an arithmophobic 5 year-old, they’ve been adding up the daily figures and counting the same person up to seven times!
For interest, the 65 000 in April?
10 501 and 7 174? Not that close? Trying to scare us? Trying to imply failure in SNP management of the NHS?